Openly Secular 

 January 1, 2016

By  NickLitten

Hi, my name is Nick Litten and I am Openly Secular

Perhaps openly-atheist would better describe my outlook: I have been an atheist for as long as I can think (literally). I raise my kids to be respectful of others and their beliefs. I do not believe in magic. I do not believe in supernatural beings whether they be angels, ghosts, goblins, fairies or dragons (but I wish dragons were real, because that would be awesome).

I do not necessarily identify with the terms “free-thinker, humanist or agnostic” but I really admire the thought process behind the term “Secular” and what it describes.

  • Do you believe in universal human rights?
  • Do you view human beings a part of nature and not superior to it?
  • Are you free from the belief of supernaturalism?
  • Are you living your life to be the best person you can be without hurting others?

If the answers to these questions are YES then, in the words of Jeff Foxworthy, “YOU MIGHT BE A SECULAR”

I prefer rational scientific reasoning rather than blind belief – facts over faith.

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Some people say “believing Science is the same as Faith”, but they’re wrong!

I do not have faith in science because I understand there are still gaps in the evidence. There are still things we dont know… but as we spend more time investigating we will fill those gaps with evidence and proof.

Look back a hundred years and you will find that we didn’t understand things that we now take for granted. Today we have solutions founded on science and rational investigation. What new answers has religion proved in the last few hundred years?

Secularism is a worthy cause and maybe… just maybe… this movement will encourage people to speak up and protect the equal rights of all people to believe or disbelieve as they wish.

Most religious people want to denigrate the secular community and threaten or punish anyone with a different belief system — the religious persons classic threat “believe in my Loving God or he will torture and terrorize you for all eternity when you are dead

Call me an atheist, an agnostic, secular humanist or just a good old fashioned unbeliever.

I do not believe in your God.

I do not believe in any of the Gods.

I believe in humanity, in human goodness and simply have no need for any of the popular Gods in my life.

If you are religious, please dont worry about us secular people. We respect your beliefs and your right to worship in any way you see fit. But please be prepared for us to raise an eyebrow, or offer a wry smile when you explain the “magical” elements of your belief system.

Peace out!

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IBM i Software Developer, Digital Dad, AS400 Anarchist, RPG Modernizer, Shameless Trekkie, Belligerent Nerd, Englishman Abroad and Passionate Eater of Cheese and Biscuits. Nick Litten Dot Com is a mixture of blog posts that can be sometimes serious, frequently playful and probably down-right pointless all in the space of a day. Enjoy your stay, feel free to comment and remember: If at first you don't succeed then skydiving probably isn't a hobby you should look into.

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